The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been under increasing scrutiny as a result of recent comments about COVID-19 deaths, which might result in a Supreme Court decision on vaccine mandates as early as this week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky has been embroiled in controversy after a clip of her interview on Good Morning America went viral on Friday.
“I want to ask you about the encouraging headlines we’re talking about this morning, a new study talking about just how well vaccines are working to prevent severe illness,” co-host Cecilia Vega said on Good Morning America.
“I want to ask you about the encouraging headlines we’re talking about this morning, a new study talking about just how well vaccines are working to prevent severe illness.” In light of this, is it time to reconsider our approach to dealing with this virus if it is likely to be there for a long time?
‘The vast majority of deaths, over 75 percent, were in patients who had at least four comorbidities,” Walensky responded, adding that “really these are folks who were really unwell, to begin with.”
The tape gained widespread attention, in part because many people understood the words to suggest that 75 percent of all COVID deaths occurred among people who had several comorbid conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later explained to Fox News that Walensky was referring to mortality among people who had received vaccinations.
Following another contentious media appearance by Walensky, in which she claimed that many of the reported COVID-19 hospitalizations are not caused by severe COVID instances, but rather by other conditions, her views have sparked controversy.
On Fox News Sunday, Walensky explained that the Omicron variety “tends to be milder” but that “with the sheer number of instances that we’re seeing people come into the hospital,” we’re seeing more and more cases coming into the hospital.”
“According to some hospitals with which we’ve spoken, up to 40% of the patients who come in with COVID-19 are not coming in because they’re sick with COVID, but rather because they’re coming in with something else and have had to, COVID or the Omicron variation discovered.”
Even while the Supreme Court considers legal objections to President Biden’s extensive private-sector mandates on COVID, comments like these have cast doubt on the seriousness of the current COVID upsurge.
Walensky also came under fire for her comments from others, who claimed she was dismissive of those suffering from comorbid conditions. She responded to this on her Twitter account.
Those who suffer from comorbid conditions must be protected against severe #COVID19. “I got into medicine – specifically HIV medicine – and public health in order to safeguard those who are most vulnerable,” Walensky stated on Twitter.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking steps to protect individuals who are most at risk, including people with chronic health issues, impairments, and older adults.”
When Walensky spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, she provoked even another round of dispute by stating, “What [vaccines] can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”
Opponents of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate alluded to these remarks, contending that they weaken the rationale for requiring Americans to get vaccinated.
“Did Walensky just snuff out the vaccine mandates?” one wonders. In reaction to Walensky’s remarks, Tom Fitton, the director of Judicial Watch, posted a message on Twitter.